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Now what?

This is a discussion on Now what? within the Orchid Ailments / The Compost Pile forums, part of the Orchid Culture category; Augh. Now this is happening to my poor Phal . What do I do? What ...

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    Augh. Now this is happening to my poor Phal. What do I do? What is this?

    Flowers are gone BTW. All the leaves are still there, this top one is the only one like this.

    There's lots of air movement too.



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    It looks like sunburn from the picture..is the brownish area dry ?

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    I would say too much direct sun. Sunburn. It should be fine unless the dark area starts to get mushy.

    Cheers!
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    Styx!

    You shouldn't be sticking those leaves in your toaster-oven there!

    Ok, just kidding. Looks like sunburn to me too, especially since it's on a topmost leaf. If you look at your second pic, you can see how the right hand side has even started to blister. Make sure you're not growing it where direct sun can get in--maybe while you're at work or something and not there to see it happening.

    The leaf is going to be permanently scarred, but unless an infection sets in and spreads toward the crown of the plant, you may as well just let it be. If an infection does start spreading, you'll have to cut the leaf.

    Bummer about that. The other side looked really healthy, too.

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    The dark area IS mushy. -_- And it hasn't been anywhere that bright.

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    I hate to be a pessimist, but I'd cut that leaf now since it's mushy. Mushy is definitely not good . You don't want the mushy to get to the plant crown, or you would lose the whole thing. Do you have a fungicide/bacteriacide to clean your cutting tool? And something to seal and sterilize the cut? Is this your only Phal?

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    Ditto on what Diane said..mushy is not good ...remove area ASAP and treat ! It can spread like wildfire and you will lose your plant...also it is contagious, so isolate from your other orchids.

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    I have bleach. And I only have tree sealant at the moment... If that. This is indeed my only Phal.

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    Well, clean your cutting tool in a bleach and water solution. To seal the cut you can try cinnamon, or perhaps one of the Gurus has a better home remedy.

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    Okay. I hope it'll be okay.

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